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Ringwood State Park, Ringwood

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#15 of 32 in Nature in New Jersey
Ringwood State Park is a 5000-acre state park in Passaic County in northeastern New Jersey, USA. The Park is located in the heart of the Ramapo Mountains in Ringwood. Its forests are part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion.It contains the New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands, historic Ringwood Manor and Skylands Manor, and the Shepherd Lake Recreation Area. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.Skylands Manor, a forty-four-room English Jacobean mansion, was designed in the 1920s by John Russell Pope for Clarence McKensie Lewis, a wealthy stockbroker and civil engineer. The gardens were established by lawyer Francis Lynde Stetson, who owned Skylands from 1891 to 1922. The 96acre botanical garden contains a variety of plants, evergreens and deciduous trees and shrubs. The landscaping includes a crabapple vista, terraced gardens, perennial and annual gardens and woodland paths. The extensive gardens offer views of the Ramapo Mountains. Skylands Manor is open for tours one Sunday per month March through November.
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  • September 13, 2017
    NJ, where I grew up, is a place of contrasts. ANd in this instance, it is most worth seeking out the pleasant, rural and uncrowded contrast - escape the urban corridor and the mega-sprawl and take a d...  more »
  • June 21, 2017
    We moved to Ringwood quite a while ago now, and never actually visited Ringwood State Park until very recently. Ironic, right?! Well, we finally decided to go check it out and are very glad we did. We...  more »
  • May 23, 2017
    Bring the bug spray and plan to picnic its a great location a beautiful river and ponds a family of candian geese was on one of them the day we were there . Its a huge park so much to see and take in ...  more »

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